This kind of thing could kill the net, and quick. As reported on Slashdot:"An article from the online edition of IEEE Spectrum says phone
companies in France, Germany, Egypt and Saudi Arabia have announced
they will block VoIP calls on their networks.
Using new software from Narus Inc., the carriers can detect data
packets belonging to VoIP applications and block the calls. Gotta love
From the article: "Narus's software does far more than
just frustrate Skype users. It can also diagnose, and react to,
denial-of-service attacks and dangerous viruses and worms as they
wiggle through a network. It makes possible digital wiretaps, a
capability that carriers are required by law to have. However, these
positive applications for Narus's software may not be enough to make
Internet users warm to its use. 'Protecting its network is a legitimate
thing for a carrier to do ... But it's another thing for a Comcast to
charge more if I use my own TiVo instead of the personal video recorder
they provide, or for Time Warner, which owns CNN, to charge a premium
if I want to watch Fox News on my computer.'"
Very bad. But you can see how monopolies would do something like this. You an read the full article here.